Edge of the City

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Ritt's first feature, scripted by Robert Alan Aurthur from his own teleplay A Man is Ten Feet Tall. Cassavetes and Poitier become friends down on the waterfront. Cassavetes is the mixed-up, insecure white boy picked on by the brutal, bigoted foreman/union racketeer (Warden); Poitier the wiser, maturer black who defends him (at the cost of his life) in an attempt to teach him to stand up for the right thing. A worthy enough piece, well acted and making excellent use of locations on the New York docks; but when you get down to it, no less dramatically artificial than On the Town, and this boy Poitier is whiter than white.

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Duration: 85 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Martin Ritt
Screenwriter: Robert Alan Aurthur
Cast: John Cassavetes
Sidney Poitier
Jack Warden
Kathleen Maguire
Ruby Dee
Ruth White
Robert Simon
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